A cracked or severed underground water line is a vexing problem that few homeowners ever want to face.

By separating this project into manageable steps, you can repair your underground water line by yourself, or at least take on some parts of it, thus reducing the project's overall cost.


Prior to digging in your yard, you should always have utility lines marked by your local utility location service. 


Some common indicators of a leak in your underground water line include:

> Water meter indicator is spinning even though no water in or around the house is turned on

> Mushy, soft spots in yard

> Recessed or swelling lawn or ground


Once you know the general area of the leak, pinpoint its precise location.


Open the metal water meter box. Locate the valve beside the meter, on the house side of the meter (not the street side).


Bail water from the trench with a bucket. Toward the end, drain the rest of the water with a shop vacuum on wet mode. REPAIR THE WATER LINE. 


Examine your repair under pressure to make certain that it is secure. 

If you are not confident about your ability to turn the project around in a satisfactory period of time, you'll need to call in a plumber.

Kitchen installation is one of the most exciting projects when planning on home improvement projects.

Measuring your kitchen

When you shape a kitchen interior, the greatest challenges are the lack of space and drawbacks of planning. On the other hand, correctly chosen furniture can resolve this situation. Even more so that a variety of models gives such an opportunity.

Inspiration for the kitchen renovation

First and foremost successful planning requires accurate forecasting. Really, at the planning stage you have to identify must-have items which you want to incorporate into your kitchen installation. Besides, you have to foresee conformity amongst all units and their sizes. 

In other words, imagine how your own kitchen “acts out” making sure it functions well. Certainly, this will greatly facilitate the whole process. In fact, it will make the kitchen planning procedure fast and easy.

Organize your kitchen cabinets

Sure, effectively organized kitchen furniture turns the cooking process into joy. In this respect wall and floor cabinets are very convenient for storing food and cooking equipment.

Make frequently-used items accessible

Certainly, visualize worktops and cabinets, organize drawers when planning kitchen installation. In particular, design layout in such a way that the regularly-used cooking and cleaning utensils can be easily accessed.

Above all, the right sink

There are sinks of various shapes and sizes. However, in our opinion, it is better to select a round sink made from stainless steel. It is smaller than the square one, yet everyone who has ever used a round sink, will agree that it is more convenient for washing and cleaning, and besides it has a more aesthetic look.

Practical and functional, rather than attractive

Truly, we love cozy and convenient kitchens equipped with clever appliances. Be comfortable when cooking and upgrade your kitchen with practical and ergonomic built-in fridges and freezers, ovens and cooktops.

Painting and decorating colour schemes

So, when you take care of all vital components of the kitchen, it would be a good time to add final details to the interior, some personal charm. Spark your imagination to add finishing touches, those vital elements of decor that are relevant to your interior design.

Finally, the designers of the kitchen installation companies will give you expert advice and help to choose the right units amongst the endless variety of furniture and household appliances. 

Whatever your needs – kitchen installation, plumbing, electrical, flooring, plastering, painting, external and internal decoration, home improvement, wallpapering, roofing, guttering, a small handyman job, or a full-scale renovation, let our team of Property Contractors 247 do the job.

Professional plumbers drive around with plenty of specialty equipment on their trucks, homeowners can handle more of their own needs with just a handful of plumbing tools. 

1. Sink Auger

A sink auger also called a drum auger or canister auger is the ultimate weapon for breaking up and clearing clogs in sink and tub drains.

A sink auger consists of a flexible stainless steel cable with a corkscrew tip at the end.

The cable is coiled within a drum canister and is extended into a drain to reach a clog and clear it.

2. Toilet or Closet Auger

The toilet auger also called a closet auger or water closet auger is used to clear clogs in toilets.

A toilet auger has a long metal rod with a bend for reaching into the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl.

A rubber sleeve covers the bend to protect the porcelain in the toilet from being scratched.

3. Flange Plunger

The flange plunger, or ball or toilet plunger, is a specially shaped plunger used to clear clogs in toilets.

It works like a regular plunger but has a flange with an extended rubber flap below the dome of the plunger head that helps seal around the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl.

4. Cup Plunger

The cup plunger may be the most common plumbing tool in the home.

Do not use this plunger for clearing toilet clogs; that requires a specially shaped plunger called a flange plunger previous slide. Some flange plungers, though, can be used as standard cup plungers when the flange is tucked up inside.

5. Plumber's Tape

Plumber's tape is an essential material for preventing leaks at threaded plumbing connections.

Plumber's tape is a thin white tape that you wrap around threads on pipes and fittings before twisting the parts together.

6. Channel-Type Pliers

Channel-type pliers are commonly known by the brand name Channel-Locks, and are also known as slip-joint pliers.

They're similar to regular adjustable pliers but have extended adjustment sections as well as angled jaws, allowing you to grip pipes or other plumbing parts of almost any size.

7. Adjustable Pipe Wrench

An adjustable pipe wrench is the quintessential metal plumbing tool. It provides tremendous leverage and grip.

A pipe wrench leaves teeth marks behind and is not recommended for removal of shiny fixtures or for small or fragile pipes, like copper water pipes.

8. Faucet Valve-Seat Wrench

A faucet valve-seat wrench is a simple tool used to remove the valve seats on a compression faucet.

When the washer wears out, the valve seat can become damaged and rough, preventing a complete seal. When that happens, you can remove the valve seat and replace it, using a valve seat wrench. If the seat is not removable, you must regrind it to a smooth surface using a reseating tool.

9. Faucet Packing, Washers and O-rings

Faucet packing and rubber washers and O-rings are lifesavers for fixing leaky valves on sinks, radiators, and other old or traditional equipment.

Rubber washers and O-rings are sold in variety packs containing several different shapes and sizes. If you're fixing an old faucet and can't find an official replacement part at the store, a variety pack well have the part you need.

10. Tubing Cutter

The tubing cutter is an essential plumbing tool if you're working with copper pipe.

Copper requires clean, square cuts, and tubing cutters do just that with much less effort than a hacksaw. It has a thin cutting wheel that cuts the metal and a flat pressure wheel that applies pressure when you turn the tool's knob.

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A home’s basement can take water for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for damp or flooded basements are a high water table, a drainage problem, or a damaged foundation.


Sump pumps are water pumps attached to a concealed drain or basis in your basement.

Water flows in very predictable ways. If the bottom of your foundation is deeper than the local water table after a rainstorm, you will definitely take water.

Once a sump pump is installed correctly, that all changes. First, water gets drained into the pump's catch basin instead of flooding your home. Then, once enough builds up, the pump switches on and carries all that water to the sewer system or street drains.


A poorly-installed vapor barrier is the leading cause of water damage in finished basements.

There are two ways to avoid this when finishing a basement. One way is to wrap the room in 3mil or thicker vapor barrier before installing fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass makes for excellent, cheap insulation, but it’s like the nightmare child of a cotton ball and a kitchen sponge.

It absorbs water easily and takes forever to dry out. Buy a vapor barrier between the cinder-block and the insulation; you can be sure it won’t get damaged and waterlogged from normal humidity.

Flooding or a cracked wall could still cause problems and damage the insulation.


If you trust the product marketing, these coatings sound like magic. If you talk to a pro contractor about these products, he’ll laugh them off as snake-oil, just some grey enamel paint repackaged as a miracle solution.

Waterproof basement paint is a temporary fix, not a long-term solution. However, if you will soon be selling your home, or simply don’t have the cash to afford a french drain or a new vapor barrier, any of the all-in-one waterproofing paints can be the perfect product to fight moisture, and prevent even more expensive damage. It’s the home-repair equivalent of Tylenol–it won’t permanently fix what’s hurting, but it will get you through until you can see a professional.


Most waterproofing solutions involve redirecting water away from your foundation, and this is no different. Water always runs down-hill. In an ideal situation, your home would be situated like a pitcher’s mound in the center of your lot, with the ground gently sloping away, and the lawn graded as a mild slope from your front porch to the street.

Changing a house’s grade requires several tons of soil and is outside the scope of a DIY project unless your friends can lend you a dump truck and a backhoe. That said, contractors could regrade most houses in a day or two. Once a proper grade is established, water will naturally flow away from your home instead of collecting it in your basement.

Hopefully, the information provided has been a big help in providing assistance for preventing water issues in your basement.

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